Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies
|Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies|
|Revised Romanization||Pyeongyang Oegugeo Daehak|
|McCune–Reischauer||Pyŏngyang Oegugŏ Taehak|
The university was split off from Kim Il-sung University in 1964. North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency gives its foundation date as 1949. It does not have as high a reputation as those of Kim Il-sung University's foreign languages division, which trains members of the political elite; most graduates go on to become working-level diplomats or work in the intelligence service.
The university has separate colleges for students of English, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese; the so-called "Ethnic Languages College" offers instruction in a further 18 languages, including French, Spanish, Arabic, Thai, Urdu, Khmer, and, as of July 2007, Polish and Italian.
In total, 22 languages are taught at PUFS:
Notable students, faculty, and alumni
- Charles Robert Jenkins, American defector and former English teacher; his daughters Brinda and Mika formerly attended as students
- James Dresnok, son of American defector James Joseph Dresnok
- Ri Yong-ho
- Thae Yong-ho, defector from North Korea, formerly North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom; current member of the National Assembly in South Korea
- Yi, Jae-seung (2007-07-23). 과학기술중시정책 영향... 외국어 배우기 열풍, 2개 국어 회화 필수 (in Korean). Minjog21.
- "Pyongyang Univ. of Foreign Studies". Korean Central News Agency. 2009-11-24. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- Bowers, Andy (2006-10-10). "North Korea's Confusing Brand of English". National Public Radio.
- 北평양외대, 폴란드.이태리어科 신설 [Pyongyang Foreign Languages University establishes Polish, Italian courses] (in Korean). JoongAng Ilbo. 2007-07-05. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- "Archived copy". Minjong21 (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2014-12-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Curtin, J. Sean (2004-06-05). "The strange saga of Charles Robert Jenkins". Asia Times Online. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2007-07-20.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
- Produced by Robert G. Anderson and Casey Morgan; reported by Bob Simon (2007-07-28). "An American in North Korea". 60 Minutes. CBS Television.
- North Korea Handbook. M.E. Sharpe. 2002. pp. 186–187. ISBN 978-0-7656-3523-5.
- Danahar, Paul. "Meeting North Korea's 'Generation Next'" BBC News. BBC, 13 Feb. 2010. Web. 12 Apr. 2014.
- Meeting North Korea's 'Generation next': a UK Wired News interview with a British Council ESL teacher at the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies
- Class Report from North Korea, another interview with a different British Council ESL teacher at the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies